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The nine islands and atolls which make up Tuvalu lie between Fiji and Tarawa just south of the equator. During World War Two, a huge airfield was built on Funafuti atoll for use against Japanese bases in the Marshall Islands, and most government facilities are today clustered around Funafuti International Airport. The village on Funafuti is rather crowded and unclean, but it's almost paradise across the lagoon in the Funafuti Conservation Area. This series of coral islets and reefs on the western side of the atoll is home to numerous seabirds, shellfish, coconut crabs, and turtles. The eight outer islands of Tuvalu are without airports and ...

The nine islands and atolls which make up Tuvalu lie between Fiji and Tarawa just south of the equator. During World War Two, a huge airfield was built on Funafuti atoll for use against Japanese bases in the Marshall Islands, and most government facilities are today clustered around Funafuti International Airport. The village on Funafuti is rather crowded and unclean, but it's almost paradise across the lagoon in the Funafuti Conservation Area. This series of coral islets and reefs on the western side of the atoll is home to numerous seabirds, shellfish, coconut crabs, and turtles. The eight outer islands of Tuvalu are without airports and the only access is on irregular supply boats from Funafuti. Life passes slowly on the outer islands, but most have small island council guest houses to serve the rare visitor who really wants to get away from it all. Very few tourists visit Tuvalu and there are no organized tours or dive shops. On Funafuti, a few simple restaurants and guest houses cater to a mostly local clientele and bicycle or scooter rentals are easily arranged.

David Stanley
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David Stanley is the author of the Moon guidebooks Fiji, Tahiti, and South Pacific. He has been writing about the Pacific since 1979.

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  • Location: Tuvalu is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean midway between Hawaii and Australia.
  • Language: Tuvaluan, English, Samoan, Kiribati
  • Currency: Australian Dollar
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight
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    May to October sees less rain and is somewhat cooler than the other months.